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Bounou’s remarkable performances and contributions to the game have earned him numerous individual awards and recognition throughout his career.
Off the pitch, Bounou has been actively involved in charitable initiatives. He donated blood along with his national teammates to help those affected by the 2023 Marrakesh-Safi earthquake.
Yassine Bounou’s Biography
Yassine Bounou, also known as Bono, is a Moroccan professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League and the Morocco national team.
Bounou, who was born on April 5, 1991, in Montreal, Canada to Moroccan parents, moved back to Morocco with his family when he was three years old.
Bounou started his childhood career at Wydad AC in Morocco, which he joined at the age of eight. Bounou began playing in the streets as a child before joining Wydad AC’s youth team.
He began his career as an outfielder but was later moved to custodian owing to his height. Gianluigi Buffon and Edwin van der Sar were Bounou’s idols in goal.
Bounou’s goalkeeping abilities were discovered by an OGC Nice scout when he was 17 years old, and he joined the club.
However, because of bureaucratic issues, he was unable to play for Nice and returned to Wydad AC. He made his senior debut for the club in 2011, after being promoted to the first team the previous year.
Bounou joined La Liga club Atlético Madrid in 2012, originally joining the reserves in Segunda División B.
He later became the first team’s third custodian and signed a new four-year contract with the club in 2013. Bounou made his Atlético Madrid debut in a pre-season friendly in 2014.
Bounou was loaned to Real Zaragoza in 2014, where he played in the Segunda División for two seasons.
In January 2015, he made his debut for Zaragoza and helped the team reach the playoffs. Bounou replaced the first-choice custodian in the play-offs, allowing Zaragoza to advance on away goals before losing in the final.
Bounou signed a two-year contract with Girona, another Spanish team, in 2016. In his first season, he appeared in half of the games and helped Girona gain promotion to La Liga.
Bounou went on to become Girona’s first-choice custodian, signing a contract extension until June 2021 in January 2019.
Bounou joined Sevilla on loan for a year in 2019. He was promoted to second-string custodian in the league but continued to participate in domestic cup events.
Bounou was instrumental in Sevilla’s 2019-20 UEFA Europa League win, saving penalties in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. In September 2020, he signed a four-year contract extension with Sevilla.
Bounou’s outstanding play continued, and he was nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Keeper in 2022. His contract with Sevilla was extended by one year until 2025 in March 2023.
In the 2023 UEFA Europa League final, he was voted Player of the Match after saving two penalty kicks to seal Sevilla’s seventh title in the competition.
Bounou signed a three-year contract with Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League in August 2023. He has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2023 and the Best FIFA Football Awards 2023.
Bounou has also played for Morocco’s national team since 2013, competing in two FIFA World Cups and three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
Who Are Yassine Bounou’s Parents?
Yassine Bounou’s parents are unknown as there is no information about them currently.